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Dr. Ben  Ploeger

Dr. Ben Ploeger

Superintendent of Schools at Kaohsiung American School in Taiwan

Dr. Ben Ploeger, member of UELP's 2011 cohort, will soon transition into his new appointment as Superintendent of Schools at Kaohsiung American School (KAS) in Taiwan. KAS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School where 700 students from over 30 nations can graduate with a U.S. high school diploma or the IB Diploma.


Dr. Ploeger is currently finishing his fifth year as the Principal and Head of School of Eagle Ridge Academy Charter High School in Brighton, CO. Eagle Ridge Academy was a high performing but fiscally endangered school when Dr. Ploeger joined the team. Since taking the reins, he has led a successful financial turnaround, raised test scores, and steered the school through two successful charter renewals.


Previously, Dr. Ploeger was an Academy Director at Sarah T. Reed Senior High School, a high-needs public school in New Orleans. Dr. Ploeger was instrumental in transforming the school and improving test scores by at least 12% for three consecutive years. Dr. Ploeger also led the creation of the Academy of Engineering in order to address critical needs in the STEM fields.  


Dr. Ploeger’s interest in education began while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the island nation of Vanuatu. After serving in the Peace Corps, Dr. Ploeger focused his sight on tackling the challenges in the educational system in his home country. Dr. Ploeger earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, his M.A. in Educational Leadership and his M.A.T. in Secondary Math Instruction from Xavier University of Louisiana, and his Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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